Kobelco Europe expands 50-tonne excavator range
By Leila Steed11 May 2021
Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe introduced two new excavators in the 50-tonne class, expanding its product range.
The Stage V compliant SK500LC-11 and SK530LC-11 crawlers are both fitted with turbocharged 13-litre Hino engines.
The engine model incorporates a repositioned radiator and cooling system, and a fan belt equipped with an auto-tensioner, for reduced maintenance.
Peter Stuijt, product manager at Kobelco Construction Machinery Europe, said, “The SK500LC-11 and SK530LC-11 represent a new generation in excavator performance and design. Years of research, coupled with feedback from our customers, has resulted in the development of new breed of heavy machines that excel in performance comfort and operability.”
The SK500LC-11 and SK530LC-11 models are available with either a standard or three arm boom variation, or as a Mass Excavation model with a short boom and short arm.
While both machines provide high hydraulic pressure for greater lifting power at close radius, the SK500LC-11 also offers a 5.1% shorter cycle time, 5.4% lower fuel consumption and 6.2% high productivity than its SK500LC-10 predecessor model.
The Japanese manufacturer, which has its European headquarters in the Netherlands, said that while its SK500LC-11 is designed for general construction applications, the larger SK530-11 model is also suitable for quarrying activities.
It has an operating weight of 53 tonnes and an adjustable undercarriage allows its track gauge to be extended up to 2.89m for greater stability.
Both machines are based on Kobelco’ Performance X Design concept and are fitted with a newly-designed cabin, with three standard camera on the exterior that offer users customisable views of the machine.
To help combat operator fatigue, the seat, armrests and hydraulic controls can all be moved to create a more “ergonomic workspace”.
Technology-wise, the air-conditioned cab includes a 10-inch colour monitor that can be used even when operators are wearing gloves. The display screen gives operators access to machine information such as fuel consumption, maintenance intervals and digging mode, and also allows them to set attachments modes.